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, hiring police officers and hiring firefighters. and it comes back to the economy. and if the sequester cuts are not done effectively and accurately, it's going to affect us on the streets where main street lives. >> so this may be an area where republicans and democrats, mayors from across the country will agree this weekend, but what can you all do about it? i mean, what kind of influence can you have? what can you accomplish with this meeting? >> well, i think congress listens to what mayors have to say, but, you know, congress is not necessarily a functional legislative body to begin with. so sometimes on some issues, i'm not sure our voices is as loud as it could be or received as loudly as it should be. but, you know, people live in cities. and i think they look at city government right now as being stronger and stronger and a more vital part of our economy than ever before. cities are where the jobs are being created. it's where the growth in our national economy is going to have to take place in we are going to continue to build this country. >> and finally, before you go, you a
think that leadership of the house recognizes that immigration reform would be good for the economy and good for their branding as it relates to the latino community and if they want to have a chance to get the white house next year as senator lindsey graham talked about, i think that they understand that the leadership level that this is a real goal that they want but i think they are going to have trouble work with their base in the caucus but i'm convinced that the momentum that could be gained by a strong vote in the senate would be with the ground swell of public support. it's very clear in poll after poll that the american people want this issue solved. they want a resolution on this. this is a win-win for the country and i think people see on the economic benefits as well, what you're hearing in those extreme voice by house members is just not consistent with the broad feelings of the american people have said they want in terms of this issue. >> thanks so much. >>> thank you. >> alex, susan, we've seen this, the republicans who have been on the forefront of this, some taking
for immigration reform. it debunks the idea that immigration reform is anything other than a boon to our economy and robs the bill's opponents of one of their last remaining arguments. >> realistically, congressman, do you think the cbo report will convince any of your republican colleagues to vote for this? >> i hope those that have been harping on the idea and mimicking the heritage report that said it was going to cost trillions of dollars to the american taxpayer, this debunks it, as the senator said. i would hope that those that have harped the loudest about the cost and about the expense to the american taxpayer will now realize that their argument has no standing. it is baseless, and it's not true. and in that sense, hopefully that will tone down the rhetoric and we can have an opportunity to have a rational, adult conversation, at least in the house of representatives, where we need to go with this bill. which is the real jeopardy for comprehensive reform is in the house of representative. >> let's talk about that because and you other members of the congressional caucus will meet with s
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